Adelante Malbec 2015

One of the major reasons for malbec’s ongoing popularity is the reliability of these hearty Argentine reds. The flip side of that is that they can be a bit monolithic, with few true standouts. Well, the Adelante Malbec 2015 ($15) is the exception that proves the rule, a truly distinctive offering sourced from 70-year-old vines in the Mendoza region. Yes, it shows the typical tasty, rich dark-berry (black and blue) and spice notes, but with much more complexity and structure than most of its peers. Love the heady aromas at the outset and the almost regal finish, and can’t remember tasting a higher-quality malbec under $20. Fire up the grill for some meat or fowl to pair with this beauty.

Available at Henry & Son, the Wine Shop, Lake Wine & Spirits, South Lyndale, Stinson and France 44.

Bill Ward